Employment reference checks: The whole picture
When interviewing an applicant for a position you automatically ask questions that pertain to the experience and education that relate to the position. However, it is also important to get information about a person’s character as it relates to the job. An employment personal reference check is the optimal way to get that information.
Employment personal reference checks: What to ask
During an employment personal reference check we call the applicant’s resume references that are work related or personal, and ask a list of questions. The questions can be extracted from our pre-developed questionnaires, or you can develop you own list of questions if there are certain areas you want to ask about.
References provided are with whom they are barely acquainted or, worse yet, names of people they don't even know.
We recommend you inquire about the applicant's relationship to the reference and how long they have known each other in order to evaluate the information. Other information we recommend you ask include:
- Have you ever worked with this applicant? If yes, please describe your observations of him / her on the job.
- Please describe for me your observations of his/her greatest strength (as an employee, worker, volunteer?)
- What, in your opinion, is his/her weakest area requiring improvement (as an employee, worker, volunteer)?
- Please comment on your opinion of the applicant's character and integrity.
- Please comment on your knowledge of any habitual problems this applicant may have such as drinking, drugs, morals etc.
- Would you have any reservations whatsoever in recommending this applicant for employment with us?